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Pitt Business Receives National Award for International Programs

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NAFSA AwardIn recognition of its deep commitment to global education, the University of Pittsburgh has received the prestigious 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

Presented by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the university-wide honor recognizes colleges and universities for their efforts to integrate an international education into all facets of the school community.

Within the university, Pitt Business is leading the way with a number of innovative programs, according to Audrey J. Murrell, associate dean of CBA and director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.

“At Pitt Business, we are committed to taking our students on a journey from the classroom, to the city, to the world,” Murrell says. “A globally focused education is central to these efforts. Our objective is to not just give students exposure to study abroad, but to also integrate that experience within their academic major, professional development, and broader interest areas.”

Global Education Highlights

  • The study-abroad participation rate of CBA students is 47 percent – the highest level at the university and well above the national average of 15 percent.
  • The Global Business Institute gives CBA students the opportunity to complete international internships and take classes in their major while studying abroad in Asia, Australia, Europe, or South America.
  • The International Internship Program gives students the chance to complete summer-long internships in Dublin, Prague, Madrid, Paris, and Berlin, or San Francisco.  Over 36 percent of students who study abroad participate in a custom internship placement.
  • The Plus3 Program gives business and engineering students early exposure to study abroad. In between the summer of their freshman and sophomore years, students complete two-week trips to an international location. In 2005, Plus3 received the Institute of International Education’s Heiskell Award.
  • The Brackenridge Hall Living Learning Community for CBA upperclassmen is focused on global leadership, offering students the opportunity to complete unique programs and activities.

The University of Pittsburgh is one of only four institutions nationwide to receive the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award. The award is named for the late Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois. Institutions selected for the award will be featured in NAFSA’s annual report and honored at an event in Washington, D.C. during International Education Week in November 2017.

To learn more about NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Awards, visit